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Expedition in the Land of the Gaucho

Day 3 of this expedition...........

We continue to form a foundation for our further research as we visit even more interesting places in Buenos Aires.  Come along with us.

We drove quite a distance to a very nice section outside Buenos Aires as you see here.

 
     

This is a beautiful area and a park along the Rio de la Platte, but we did not come here for the scenic beauty.  Werner Baumbach was one of a handful of bomber pilots to be decorated with the Knights Cross.  He was Commander of KG 200, the most super secret part of the Luftwaffe.  In Kampfgeschwader 200 were all the secret planes and all under control of General SS Hans Kammler.

When World War Two ended, Baumbach was one of three top Luftwaffe pilots to come to Argentina at the invitation of Juan Peron to rebuild the Argentina Air Force.

 

Along with Hans-Ulrich Rudel and ADOLF GALLAND (2854-1993), Werner Baumbach made the Argentina Air Force one of the best in Latin America.  On a training mission in which he was training two Argentina pilots in an Avro Lancaster, the big bomber went down in the river here.  It is not clear if Baumbach was at the controls or if one of the student pilots but the end result is that the plane splashed down in the river and sank.  Baumbach was unable to get out and he drowned.  We are told that the bomber is still there on the bottom of the Rio de la Platte.
 

This old gate at the debarkation port is more than just an interesting old gate - Doctor Josef Mengele walked through this gate on his way to freedom in Buenos Aires as did thousands of men of the Third Reich and their families after the war.

This was their ticket to freedom and a source of revenue and labor to Juan Peron.

 


The most magnificent hotel in Buenos Aires, probably in all Argentina.  This was the Plaza Hotel.  No, I am sorry to say, we did not stay there............WAY too costly, however.....

 
     

.....someone very important did stay here decades ago.  He walked in this very door with the name Plaza Hotel in polished brass above the door.

His corner room looked out over the beautiful Plaza San Martin as seen in the photo upper left.

He used this staircase daily.

 
     
 

I introduced myself to the lady at the reception deck, Señora Rodriguez, and told her that I was researching the men of the Third Reich who came here after the war and I was particularly interested in the Plaza because my research showed that Martin Bormann lived here for two years after the end of the war.

Normally one would expect a blank stare or other indication of "I know nothing" like Sgt. Schultz.

"Yes, he lived in Room 470." she told me.

My reaction was "HUH?"  Then I said that my research indicated that Bormann lived in the Plaza for two years with two young senoritas right after the war.

She said that Bormann did live in Room 470, the Presidential Suite for a couple years, but she said she knew nothing of the two senoritas.

Next time I am in Buenos Aires, I hope my budget allows me to stay in Room 470, the Presidential Suite..........at least one night.

It was time for lunch so we went 21 stories in the sky over Buenos Aires to the very nice Deutsche Klub.  Looking out the windows in one direction, we overlook the city sprawling beneath our feet.  looking in another direction, there is the Rio de la Platte about ½ a mile away.  The food was exquisite as one might expect in an establishment like this - but I asked the waitress why I was the only one in the restaurant who spoke German.  She just smiled and shrugged.

 
     
 

All around the restaurant, the lounge, the hallways etc. we find such "Wappen" (Coats of Arms) everywhere.  The food was great, the ambiance splendid and the view breathtaking.


The last stop of the day was one of the main train stations that had some unusual decor all around the station.

 

Are these stylized Swastikas or merely modern art?  Whatever they are, there are thousands all around the railway station, the waiting rooms, the restaurants etc.

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